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Just spoke to another Trumphumper who won't be voting in November

Here's another anecdotal story of a formerly rabid trump supporter who's planning to stay home this voting cycle.

The guy, whose actual name is White, is childhood friend of my spouse. (They grew up in an entirely white, conservative, private community in the northeast. My spouse is one of the few liberals from that area.) In 2016, Mr. White was completely over-the-the top about trump. Literally every social media exchange from him ended with "Trump 2016!". Over the past 4 years, this public cheerleading has steadily ratcheted down.

Yesterday the two old friends spoke on the phone for over an hour. White's words were heartening: "Trump is a liar, everybody knows it", he said. He lamented that "all politicians are the same", and that he'd hoped that as an "outsider", trump would be different.

Now, stopping short of calling trump out for being the corrupt monster that he is, it was clear that he's disappointed in his former champion's performance. When asked how he'd vote in November, he replied "I guess I'll probably just skip the elections this time".

Every little bit helps!
Posted by flibbitygiblets | Mon Jul 13, 2020, 10:14 AM (22 replies)

Appreciation thread for Minneapolis ASL interpreter Nic Zapko

Apologies if this has been posted previously, but this woman is such a bright spot in all the turmoil going on in her city (and the rest of the country).

I first saw her on Saturday morning, watching the news, tears rolling down my face as I witnessed footage of my country in all it's agony. Then Tim Waltz' press conference started, and I was instantly riveted by Zapko's emotive signing. In mere seconds, I went from crying to laughing out loud. What a gem she is--and she totally steals the show with her "gun fingers" and facial expressions. I've seen her several times since, including today's announcement of the three other officers being charged as accessories to George Floyd's murder. Thank you, Nic Zapko, for your amazing and important work, (and for bringing us all a much-needed smile in these dark times).


Side note, she and her wife Lisa were among the 42 first same-sex wedding ceremonies held on, Aug. 1, 2013 in the Minneapolis City Hall!

Posted by flibbitygiblets | Wed Jun 3, 2020, 04:58 PM (1 replies)

Some insurance companies waiving COVID-19 care costs

Welcome news for those suffering the most right now:

Kaiser Permanente has waived all member out-of-pocket costs for the treatment of COVID-19 to alleviate the cost burden of impacted members, the health care provider announced Friday. “We want our members who need treatment for COVID-19 to be able to focus all their energy on getting well, not on worrying how to pay for treatment,” said Greg Adams, chairman and CEO

Insurers Cigna and Humana announced Monday that they would waive consumer costs associated with COVID-19 treatment. Last week, CVS Health announced a more limited change — that Aetna would waive costs to patients for hospital admissions related to the coronavirus.

These announcements are a "big deal" says Sabrina Corlette, co-director of the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University. She notes that, on average, people's deductibles for health policies in the U.S. run between $1,800 and $6,500. "That's — for most families — a lot more cash than they have sitting in their bank account," she says. "So that's really scary."

Posted by flibbitygiblets | Wed Apr 8, 2020, 09:01 PM (0 replies)

Shithound speaking again. STOP GIVING HIM FREE AIRTIME

For Fucks Sake. He has nothing to say. He's just there to try and control the narrative.

CNN, MSNBC, either do your GODDMANED JOBS and ask him why we have no testing, every day, and keep asking.


stop giving him free airtime.
Posted by flibbitygiblets | Tue Apr 7, 2020, 05:46 PM (7 replies)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Issues Stay-at-Home Order

Source: US News & World Report

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday announced he would issue a stay-at-home order directing residents to severely limit contact with others as the state sees a swell of coronavirus cases and deaths.

The move represents a significant turn for DeSantis, who had for weeks resisted calls to issue a statewide stay-at-home directive like those that have rolled out in more than two dozen states, even as beach-goers and spring breakers crowded Florida's shores in large groups.

"I'm gonna be doing an executive order today directing all Floridians to limit movements and personal interactions outside the home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or to conduct essential activities," DeSantis, a Republican, said during a press conference.

The order will go into effect Thursday at midnight and last 30 days, he said. The details of the order were not immediately available.

Read more: https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2020-04-01/florida-gov-ron-desantis-issues-stay-at-home-order-amid-coronavirus-spread

Far too little, FAR too late.
Posted by flibbitygiblets | Wed Apr 1, 2020, 05:24 PM (1 replies)

If the US is "at war" against the virus, isn't trump guilty of treason?

for being AWOL? At least for delaying or denying aid to blue states ("I just don't call them" )? He described himself as a "wartime president". Many others in government and the media are calling it a war.

So, question 1: Can Congress declare actual war on a disease? (Like the war on terror or drugs?) .

Question 2: If so, wouldn't any act against US citizens that helps the "enemy" be considered treason?
Posted by flibbitygiblets | Sat Mar 28, 2020, 03:35 PM (4 replies)

Oregon governor issues 'stay home' order to enforce coronavirus restrictions

Source: The Oregonian

Gov. Kate Brown, under fire for the ambiguous guidelines she issued Friday on social distancing, issued a more definitive order Monday morning that establishes legally enforceable restrictions on public activity in response to the coronavirus outbreak. “If we all do it we can save lives,” Brown said on a press call Monday afternoon.

The governor instructed people to stay home except when traveling for essential work, buying food and similar critical supplies or returning to their own homes. Recreational travel, of the kind that brought swarms of Oregonians to the coast last weekend in defiance of the governor’s earlier directive, is now forbidden by law.

Monday’s order, which cites authority under four state statutes, is the most profound action in a series of steps that have fundamentally altered life in Oregon this month. Parts of it take effect at midnight; others kick in Wednesday. Those who defy the order can be charged with endangering public health, a class C misdemeanor. People found to have violated her order could be jailed for up to 30 days or fined $1,250, though law enforcement agencies said Monday they’re more likely to inform people about the restrictions than cite them for violations.

But the governor’s announcement specifically exempted construction and manufacturing, two economic pillars, which may continue operating so long as they “ensure that their employees are maintaining social distancing measures.”

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/business/2020/03/oregon-governor-issues-stay-at-home-order-to-enforce-coronavirus-restrictions.html

About damn time!

My spouse has a small construction company. He wants to shut it down yesterday, but he can't. His employees want to keep working, even those who don't have office jobs. All the big contractors are moving ahead full-steam, so it's nearly impossible to say "I don't agree with this plan." And how does one "socially distance" at a construction site? Worse, they have no more N95 masks, only a few have hand sanitizer. I know many of these people. I fear for their safety, and the safety of our community.
Posted by flibbitygiblets | Mon Mar 23, 2020, 07:14 PM (5 replies)

Anyone see Katy Tur's sign-off right before the start of Ali Velshi's show today?

Holding back tears, she spoke of a longtime colleague and friend who just died from COVID-19 which "stole him away from us". Then she implored viewers to wash their hands and keep their distance.

Posted by flibbitygiblets | Fri Mar 20, 2020, 03:57 PM (15 replies)

Yertle speaking now on MSNBC

he thinks the House bill has "some shortcomings" and that they may "gag and pass it anyway", but also said that Republicans will also work on what THEY think we should do, and THEN they'll talk to the Democrats, and then maybe come up with a new (additional) bill.

He did say the Senate will not vote remotely; when pressed, said they may choose he amount of time to vote to longer so to maintain distancing.
Posted by flibbitygiblets | Tue Mar 17, 2020, 04:10 PM (1 replies)

Is "Trump fatigue" why so many people still don't know there's a global pandemic?

If so, it could be causing this disease to spread faster than it would otherwise. Many of us turn off the news now and then to preserve our mental health. But my concern, while admittedly anecdotal, is that the message is not getting out fast enough. Some of my friends and family (almost all liberal-leaning) are unaware how serious this is. Cases in point:

-My husband (who owns a small contracting company) called his office staff in today and told them to start preparing to work from home. Most were SHOCKED. Had no idea how serious this is going to be. They don't watch the news at all anymore ("too depressing" ).

-My BIL called to ask how many tickets we need for his daughter's HS graduation next month. We were astonished they're even considering going ahead with such an event. He had no idea that events are being cancelled. And he's a national sales exec who flies all over the country regularly, but typically works from home.

-Some people are still opening their arms for a hug as a greeting. (I step back and give an "air hug".)
Posted by flibbitygiblets | Thu Mar 12, 2020, 02:34 PM (3 replies)
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